Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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CMP Ready for Hurricane Sandy in Maine
AUGUSTA, Maine, October 28, 2012 -- Central Maine Power has called in extra crews from New Brunswick, Canada in anticipation of heavy weather when the remnants of Hurricane Sandy reach Maine on Monday. The company expects high winds and heavy rain that could topple trees and bring down powerlines, especially along the coast.
“We put all of our employees on notice and began lining up extra crews last week,” said John Carroll, spokesman for CMP. “Several dozen crews arrived from New Brunswick on Sunday, and more local contract crews will be ready to start work on Monday morning after a company-wide safety stand down.”
CMP warns its customers to make preparations for the possibility of multiple day outages as strong winds are expected to begin in Maine early Monday morning and may last through the day on Tuesday. The company’s first priority will be to de-energize damaged equipment for public safety and so roads can be cleared. The public should stay away from any downed wires or fallen trees that may have powerlines tangled in the branches.
The utility is coordinating its storm preparation efforts with the Maine Emergency Management Agency and the Governor’s office, which issued a limited Emergency Declaration on Friday to suspend driving restrictions that would have slowed the arrival of crews from other states and Canada.
If outages occur, CMP urges customers to call the toll-free outage hotline: 1-800-696-1000.
CMP offers customers the following tips to stay safe and comfortable if power outages do occur.
• Keep battery-operated flashlights and radios on hand, along with supplies of drinking water and non-perishable foods.
• When you use an emergency heating source, like a wood stove, fireplace, or kerosene heater, keep fuels away from the flames and be sure to ventilate properly.
• Never use grills or camp stoves indoors — they can give off dangerous gases.
• For customers with generators:
o Carefully read and observe all instructions in your generator’s owner manual.
o Don’t run a generator indoors, even in an open garage.
o Hire a licensed electrician to install permanent generators and transfer switches.
o Make sure portable generators are properly grounded.
o Don’t store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it’s running.
o Refer to CMP’s web page on generator safety: http://www.cmpco.com/UsageAndSafety/electricalsafety/GeneratorSafety/default.html
CMP also reminds drivers to use caution when approaching utility crews. The working conditions are difficult, and the workers appreciate everyone’s consideration for their safety.
Additional information on storm safety and restoration, including a town-by-town listing of outages in the CMP service area with an area map, can be found on CMP’s web site at www.cmpco.com.
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About Central Maine Power Company (CMP): Central Maine Power Company, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility. The company delivers about 9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually to more than 600,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine’s annual consumer sales of electricity. The company has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction six times by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit www.cmpco.com/.
About Iberdrola USA: Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company serving more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. For more information about Iberdrola USA, visit www.iberdrolausa.com.